Malcolm Hardie (Chair of Governors and Co-opted Governor)
I am the Sales Manager within the Classic Division of Yamaha Music Europe. This role has given me opportunities to explore leadership, management, motivation and coaching techniques. Additionally, this role has enabled me to be involved in both Yamaha Music Schools and Yamaha Classband projects. I was fortunate to benefit from musical instrument lessons whilst I was at school and I am keen to make this provision available to as many current school children as possible. My two daughters are part of the school community and my wife is joint secretary to the PTA.
Nancy Darby (Headteacher)
I have been Headteacher at West Witney since April 2012. My initial role at the school was as a part time Headteacher supporting the Assistant Headteacher to run the school whilst a new head was appointed. I enjoyed being part of the school so much that I applied for the full time permanent role and was lucky enough to secure it. I have always worked in Oxfordshire and this is my second headship. I have worked hard, in collaboration with all the school’s stakeholders to develop and improve the school and was thrilled when we were judged as a ‘Good’ school in February 2015. However this is only the start of the journey, and the school is still thriving, making even further progress towards becoming a centre of excellence for learning and creativity.
John Bhogal (Parent Governor, Vice Chair)
I've worked in the Healthcare industry for 17 years including working and living abroad. I started my career as a scientist and now work for a large local business managing global projects.
I've lived in Witney for 10 years and my daughter is a pupil at West Witney. I volunteered to be a parent governor because good quality education is the right of every child and by working together we will make a positive difference for our children, school and broader community.
Samantha Kelaher (Parent Governor)
I am pleased to be joining the School Governors this year, 2016, as a Parent Governor. I have three children; one at University, one at Senior School and one at West Witney, so I have been through all ages and stages of the schooling system and appreciate the important part the community has to play in ensuring the safe and successful running of our schools.
I currently work as a Project Manager in the commercial sector however before this I spent the first 18 years of my career as a Registered Nurse in the NHS. We are an English/Australian family and moved to Witney last year, 2015, from Sydney where we had been living for 8 years. I look forward to supporting the school’s vision and hope to make a positive contribution to our children’s education here at West Witney.
Alex Sloan (Co-opted Governor)
After joining West Witney Primary School in September 2013 as Deputy Head, I was co-opted on to the Performance and Standards’ Committee where I was able to report on the school’s performance in reading and writing as well as innovations and changes in classroom practice. Since September 2014 I have been a co-opted member of the full governing body. Whilst I have had a significant classroom responsibility over the last two years, which has provided me with a sound knowledge of the workings of West Witney and its staff, I am reluctantly relinquishing my classroom role in order to support my head teacher, Nancy Darby, as the school moves forward.
Jules Burgum (Co-opted Governor)
This is my tenth year of teaching at West Witney where I enjoy the challenge of sharing my love of music with the children and making the most of every learning opportunity through my role of EVC. Outside of school I love to support London Irish (well someone has to!) with my family, local village amateur dramatics and listening to live music.
Paul Ashby (Co-opted Governor)
My name is Paul Ashby and I have three children all of whom attended West Witney Primary School and are now at Henry Box School. I live locally on the Deer Park estate so I am very much aware of local issues affecting our community and I believe that the school needs to be at the heart of our community which is one of the reasons I am a School Governor. I work for Oxfordshire County Council in procurement and outside work I am an Assistant Scout Leader which I think gives me a good insight into issues affecting young people. Over the past few years that I have been a governor I have seen the school develop significantly culminating in a well-deserved good rating in the last Ofsted review and I am looking forward to helping the school develop further as a member of the governing body.
Robert Bradley (Local Authority Governor)
I was brought up and went to school in Witney. Whilst I have lived in the Midlands, London and West country, and travelled widely in the UK and around the world I have never lost my connection with my local roots.
I take pride in contributing to the community as a governor as I have been since 2004 and have influenced numerous schools through a variety of roles including as a National Leader of Governance since 2015.
Whilst I live a busy life with four children, try to use my wide and deep experience of leadership and governance effectively to ensure schools are well run and make best use of their inevitably limited money to offer the best possible opportunity for students of all interests, backgrounds and abilities to fully realise their own individual potential.
Liz Jarrett (Clerk to the Governors)
I currently work in a number of roles in a local primary school and have extensive experience working as a Clerk to the Governing Body for three local primary schools. I am pleased to be able to support the governing body of West Witney Primary School by clerking governing body meetings and providing constitutional advice and support to the governors. I have lived in Witney with my husband for 15 years. My two daughters both attended West Witney Primary School and now attend The Henry Box School.